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Feel the heat

Penn State Altoona students Juliana Silveri (left) of St. Marys and Jessica Cash of Indiana take a break from classes to enjoy the fountain at the reflecting pond Tuesday afternoon as temperatures topped 90 degrees. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

City man sentenced in child rape case

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will spend 27 to 54 years in prison for convictions of raping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl while living with her and her mother in 2016 and 2017. Alex Strange Budd Plowman, who has been in the Blair County Prison since his arrest in August 2017, ...

Ebensburg Borough adjusts sidewalk project

EBENSBURG — Compromises were made after 18 petitions were sent to Ebensburg Borough officials, urging them to rethink an upcoming sidewalk project. Still, East Sample Street residents, who offered complaints over the last two months, said they were not pleased at a Monday evening ...

Consultant pitches idea for telcom upgrades

A consulting firm has proposed to help Altoona market its utility poles, light standards, traffic signals and other infrastructure to telecommunications companies, so they develop better broadband and wireless services here — helping to draw businesses that need such services, providing ...

Engineer: Turnpike trail would create 40-55 jobs

BEDFORD — A leading project engineer revealed details Tuesday of a proposed master plan to turn the abandoned Pennsyl­vania Turnpike into a recreational center, including trailheads, educational centers, tunnel art galleries and an outdoor amphitheater. Craig Bachik, the senior landscape ...

BCDA awarded $500K grant

The Bedford County Development Association was awarded a $500,000 grant Tuesday for the construction of a 12,000 square-foot-building for space for future tenants in the Hess Business Center. The current 39,000 square-foot-business center is almost full. The project is expected to provide ...

Biglerville man sentenced in child corruption case

BEDFORD — A judge on Tuesday sentenced an Adams County man who pleaded guilty to open lewdness and corruption of minors to 30 days to 23.5 months in jail, four years’ probation, more than $1,000 in fines and 15 years’ registration as a Tier I sex offender. William Dean Armor, 75, of ...

Police: Search turns up drugs, cash, stolen gun

A couple oversleeping their checkout at an Altoona hotel led to the seizure of a large amount of methamphetamine, cash and a stolen gun, according to police. Ryan J. Harshaw, 32, and Kristin M. McCoy, 28, both of 400 Hart St., Hollidaysburg, were arrested Monday afternoon at the Fairfield Inn ...

Crime

City woman faces theft charges An Altoona woman faces charges after police say she stole a flower basket containing a GPS tracker off a grave in Logan Township. According to police, the flower basket was taken from a grave and traced to the home of Michelle Aman, 41, in Altoona. Police ...

Blue Knob pool to open

The Blue Knob State Park swimming pool, which closed Monday, will reopen for the holiday weekend, weather permitting. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through Monday before it closes for the season.

Charges filed against 72 suspects

It was the second time in 10 days that 40-year-old James Mills sat in handcuffs before a judge. Mills appeared Monday morning before Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger. Mills was one of 72 people targeted in the latest Blair County Drug Task Force drug sweep. “I’m not a bad ...

City OKs land bank concept

At a work session Monday, a majority of City Council members declared themselves receptive to designating the Altoona Redevelopment Authority as a land bank. An ordinance to make it so could be introduced at council’s next meeting Sept. 12. Creation of a land bank has been discussed by the ...

Loretto friary denies verbal abuse, discrimination claims from aides

St. Francis Friary of Loretto has denied that it retaliated last year by firing two nurse aides at its residence for friars after the women complained about a “hostile work environment” in which they were allegedly subjected to verbal and physical harassment. The aides, Joyce Benzinger of ...

Tuckahoe Park’s Kennedy monument to come back

It was the kind of drama that often happens in construction work butisn’t often dramatized. On Monday, a crew under direction of local art conservator John Ritainstalled a 75-pound granite plinth (the square box at the base), then a 400-pound refurbished column on the foundation block of ...

Lower rent price discussed

EBENSBURG — Be­cause a tenant’s funding was reduced, Ebensburg Borough officials on Mon­day debated lowering the rent for space in the basement of the Young Peoples Community Center. The basement of the borough-owned community center at 300 Prave St. has been leased to the Cambria ...

Police: Six Mile Run man threatened to kill his family

A Six Mile Run man faces multiple criminal charges for reportedly threatening to kill his family. Roy Edgar Shuey, 49, of 130 Aur Ladies Acres Road, is being charged with 18 felony counts of terroristic threats, three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and a misdemeanor count of disorderly ...

Smithfield officer sickened

An officer at the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield was taken by ambulance to a hospital after becoming disoriented after picking up a piece of paper an inmate dropped on the floor, the state Department of Corrections said. Two Smithfield officers observed an inmate acting ...

Nonprofit, emergency groups asked to submit info for Blair Proud section

Blair County businesses, fire and police departments, emergency medical services and nonprofit and social organizations are encourage to submit information for the Mirror’s Blair County Proud edition, coming Sept. 24. The theme for the edition is service to our communities. Separate ...

Route 53 bridge reopens

CLEARFIELD — A Route 53 bridge in Morris Township, Clearfield Coun­ty, has been replaced and reopened, PennDOT said. The bridge spans Emigh Run, near the village of Morrisdale. Replacement work was performed by Clearwater Construction Inc. of Mercer.

Lower rent price discussed

EBENSBURG — Be­cause a tenant’s funding was reduced, Ebensburg Borough officials on Mon­day debated lowering the rent for space in the basement of the Young Peoples Community Center. The basement of the borough-owned community center at 300 Prave St. has been leased to the Cambria County ...